The Argent Grub

Music

Loud

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The Depiction Of Unimportant Things

Draws on influences from Mogwai, Sparklehorse, The Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, and more.

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Listen Up

Soundtracking the speeches of Greta Thunberg

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I Can't Breathe

A response to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The track features the names of 108 black men and women who have died at the hands of police.

Quiet

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Field Recordings

Tracks built up around natural sounds recorded from various places in the UK, India, and Japan.

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Walk

A simple song that combines voice, acoustic guitar, and synth. It's later than you think.

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Field Recordings Volume Two

Immersive musical soundscapes. For best results, find a quiet place. Stop. Listen.

Loud

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Love Songs

Fuzzed up love! If it were vinyl, it would be a double a-side 45.

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Random Numbers

Random releases that don't fit onto other albums.

Video

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Hello Person

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Don't Spread Germs

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I Can't Breathe

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Ardrossan

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Chichibu

Hello Person

Beats, bleeps, and noises bridging the machine/human interface.The track is built from openly licenced loops (Creative Commons by Attribution) that were created as part of Libre Music Challenge #13.

Only loops from the archive are used with no additional material, although some loops have been chopped and processed.This track combines loops from all the people that took part.

The video was made in the same spirit using only open licenced video already available on the web.

Neither the film, or the finished track, would have been possible without people choosing to openly licence their material for re-use. So thank you for doing that. Equally, all the software tools used to create the track and film were free and open source.

Full credits on Youtube and Bandcamp

From the album Random Numbers.

Don’t Spread Germs

This video takes an old UK public information film about germs, and mashes it up with a modern animation that covers similar ground, and a fresh soundtrack from The Argent Grub.

Neither the film, or the finished track, would have been possible without people choosing to openly licence their material for re-use.
Equally, all the software tools used to create the track and film were free and open source.

Don’t Spread Germs from the UK National Archives used under the Open Government Licence version 3.
Director John Krish

(OO) - Animation Short Film (2017) by Osro used under the Creative Commons Attribution licence (reuse allowed)

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From the album Random Numbers.

I Can’t Breathe

This music track was created as a response to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 sparked by the death of George Floyd.
The video was made during Black History Month 2021.

The music track is 8 minutes and 46 seconds long. While we now know that Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 1 minute less than was originally reported, 8 minutes and 46 seconds is a time inextricably linked with George’s death.

The track features the names of 108 black men and women who have died at the hands of police.

This is small way of keeping their names alive and raising awareness.

From I Can’t Breathe.

Ardrossan

Ardrossan beach is a sliver of land sandwiched between the water of the Firth of Clyde and a road, the A78, with it’s 60mph speed limit.

There are spectacular views across the water to the Isle of Arran, and the recording captures the lapping of waves, children playing on the beach, and the passing traffic.

From the album Field Recordings Volume Two.

Chichibu

The Chichibu field recording was recorded at Chichibu forest, Chichibu-city, Saitama, Japan, via the Locus Sonus soundmap.

Thanks to Locus Sonus and the stream operators at the Cyberforest Research Project at the University of Tokyo.

From the album Field Recordings.

The ArgentGrub

About The Argent Grub

Moulded by Post-punk, New Wave, and Two-tone, matured through Grunge, guided by John Peel, and mellowed with age, The Argent Grub creates music that at one turn is left-field singer songwriter, at the next is Post-rock, and the next is ambient and experimental.

Inspired by DIY culture and the belief that we are stronger if we work together, the creative process embraces the free culture movement.

Free and open source software is at the heart of the production process, and all music and video are licenced for reuse.

The Argent Grub is based in Juliusstrasse Studios in Bradford, UK.

Listen on Bandcamp.

Watch on YouTube.

Sustainability

You can’t dance on a dead planet. The Argent Grub is not yet Net Zero, but:

No Merch

You don’t need a new T-shit, beany, sticker etc branded with The Argent Grub.

No Physical Music Products

I love records, cds etc but there are already plenty on the planet.
The Argent Grub’s music is only available digitally.

Power

  • Studio electricity is provided by green energy supplier Good Energy.
  • Gas heating is from the same supplier and is offset

Equipment

  • No new equipment since I can’t remember when.
  • ‘New’ equipment in the set up is generally sourced from used/second hand, and sometimes sourced as ‘broken’.
  • Repairs are fun. Stomp boxes, effects units, leads, etc - repair is favoured over replace.

Room for improvement

  • Distribution is via the web using large corporate services such as Bandcamp, YouTube (and therefore not Net Zero).
  • Social media uses large multinational companies.
  • Consumable equipment (strings mainly, some batteries) still used.
  • Live: Currenlty investigating ways to take the music to a live audience in a low-impact way.

Thanks

All the software, plugins, and content that are used, and the people who helped, in the creation of The Argent Grub’s output are listed with the tracks on Bandcamp.

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